Varsha Torgalkar
Varsha Torgalkar is a Pune-based journalist
February 2, 2018
Women farmers in Solapur are field-trained in growing a wide variety of crops. (Photo by Swayam Shikshan Prayog)

Solapur farmers turn lives around with crop diversification

With recurrent droughts, landowning marginal farmers of Solapur in Maharashtra were forced to work as wage laborers till they switched from cash crops to horticulture and millets for an economic turnaround

January 31, 2018
Iron removal plants have made tube well water potable, reducing water-borne diseases drastically. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Kanas villagers make water safe through simple interventions

Water from ponds and tube wells made safe for consumption through simple and easy to maintain solutions have reduced water-borne diseases in coastal Odisha and has enabled village women to utilize the saved time more productively

January 29, 2018
Fisherman Amaladasan stands beside a poster showing photos of 70 fishermen missing from Vallavilai village in Kanyakumari district since Cyclone Ockhi. (Photo by M M Paniyil)

Deepsea fishermen need early warning after Cyclone Ockhi

Hundreds of lives could have been saved from the ravages of Cyclone Ockhi if deepsea fishermen were able to carry better communications gear onboard and if there was a better system of early storm warning

January 26, 2018
Growing fruits and vegetables is a challenge in Ladakh as the farming season is restricted to just four months. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Winter farming technologies boost incomes in cold desert

With the farming season limited to just four months in Ladakh, villagers have turned to innovative, low-cost technologies to grow vegetables in winter that improves diets and boosts incomes, but smallholder farmers need post-harvest support